TO PLAY CRICKET IS EASY. TO UNDERSTAND THE GAME TAKES TIME.
This section will outline a few basic concepts about all aspects of cricket with greater detail about these aspects being looked at in the specific areas the game. As for all skills, for cricket skills to be done successfully they need to be repeated correctly many times before they become habit.
Former Australian batsman, Bob Simpson said that a batter needs to switch on and off their concentration. This means that the peak time to concentrate is as the bowler commences their run up until the shot has been completed. The batter must relax inbetween balls to reduce the possibility of mental tiredness by looking around the field, adjusting equipment, patting the wicket or having a quick chat to his/her partner at the end of an over.
Don Bradman said that if he hit the ball along the ground it meant there was one less way that he could be dismissed. Although first class cricketers are very good at hitting the ball in the air, especially in 50 over and Twenty20 games, they all learnt to hit the ball along the ground in their junior years.
It is important that young cricketers practise hitting the ball along the ground and learn how to do so effectively.
It is also important that young cricketers learn how to "occupy the crease". That means batting for as long as possible.
A fundemental requirement for a bowler is that they bowl LINE and LENGTH. The basic line is on off stump or just outside off stump, and a good length is an area that leaves the batter unsure where to move. As the bowler develops, they should reach a stage where they can control their LINE and LENGTH and can therefore choose where they want the ball to land.
Fast bowlers usually approach the wicket with their run up in a straight line, while slow bowlers may have a slight curve in their run up.
An important aspect to remember is that once the bowler has worked out their basic action, they should repeat the action as much as possible.
Every cricketer will field more than any other aspect of the game. Therefore it is important to work on fielding as much as one does on other parts of cricket. Also, a player needs to enjoy their fielding and it should be fun.
Fielders really need to watch the ball as much as they possibly can, from the bowler running in to bowl to when it is returned to the bowler. Always expect the ball to come to you, especially when you least expect that it will.
Fielders who are not in catching positions should ALWAYS walk in with the bowler.
Close in fielders need to be crouched with feet apart and fingers pointing down.
The wicket keeper plays a vital role because he/she will be involved constantly while their team is out in the field. He/she will need to have a high level of fitness and have the ability to concentrate constantly for a long period of time.
While waiting for a delivery, whether off a fast or slow bowler, the wicket keeper needs to crouch down and have gloves together, fingers pointing down.
RUNNING BETWEEN WICKETS
Always run the first run hard.
When turning between runs, change the hand that holds the bat so that you are facing the person fielding the ball.